Set over set puts Ana Marquez in third

January, 12, 2011

Day 4 began with 48 players, but continuous aggressive play has left only 39 players in contention for the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure title. Chris Oliver has become the first player to reach the four million chip mark, but it was Ana Marquez who made the biggest noise during the level moving from 1.3 million to 2.5 million during the first hour and a half of play.

Marquez got involved in a hand against Philippe Plouffe that left her smiling with a new stack in front of her and the cameras focused on the final woman left standing. Plouffe opened to 54,000 with the blinds at 12,000/24,000 with a 2,000 ante and Marquez three-bet to 130,000. The flop came A-6-J and both players checked, but a 9 on the turn sparked the fireworks. Marquez led out, Plouffe raised to 275,000, Marquez reraised to 790,000 and with only a couple hundred thousand behind her, Plouffe put her all-in and she instantly called. Marquez showed J-J and Plouffe threw a chip or two down in anger on top of his stack as his 9-9 was drawing to one out. A 10 hit the river and Marquez doubled up in a big way.

Another mover during the first level was Josh Bergman who turned a 743,000 chip stack into and seventh-place stack of 1.8 million in chips.

Chris Moneymaker and Toby Lewis occupy seats at the feature table with each of them having a notable change in their physical presence from the day before. Lewis, who loves wearing a Cookie Monster t-shirt, is instead in a grey sweatshirt. He gained a couple hundred thousand chips during the level, but still remains below average. Moneymaker has added a little rubber band to his wrist, symbolic that he has joined with mindset coach Sam Chauhan. Moneymaker ended the level in eighth place with 1.4 million in chips.

Eliminations before the break included John Spadaveccia, Day 3 chip leader Adam Geyer, Pablo Ruiz, William Givens, Peter Valente, Sander Jansen, Erika Cerasti, Steven Curlin, Eric Beren, Oleg Perepletchikov and Robert Cezarescu. Four of those players were eliminated from one table with Mike Sowers simply watching the action take place in front of him. Sowers had a quiet level and ended with 1.5 million, up from his overnight stack of 1.3 million.

Small blinds: Players are calling the six-handed turbo bounty event "nuts" for lack of a better word. The structure is so fast and with $1,000 on the head of each player, many just want to get the chips in the middle as quickly as possible. ... The $5,000 heads-up event is a best-of-three structure during each round. Notable winners from the first round include John Racener and Shannon Shorr. ... Dan Cates is also a member of Team Chauhan and will talk about his rising stardom in February on ESPN Inside Deal. ... According to law here in the Bahamas, residents cannot gamble. Interesting that there are casinos everywhere, but the only people that can play are visitors to the island. ... Day 3's Poker Edge can be found: here Listen. ... Join my chat today at 3 p.m. ET here.

Andrew Feldman is's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.



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